Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change to Amend the Silexx Trading Platform (“Silexx” or the “Platform”) Fees Schedule, 71515-71518 [2019-27875]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 248 / Friday, December 27, 2019 / Notices competition or on other exchanges that is not necessary or appropriate; indeed, the Exchange believes the proposed fee changes would have the effect of increasing competition. As demonstrated above and in Professor Rysman’s attached paper, exchanges are platforms for market data and trading. In setting the proposed fees, the Exchange is constrained by the availability of substitute platforms also offering market data products and trading, and low barriers to entry mean new exchange platforms are frequently introduced. The fact that exchanges are platforms ensures that no exchange can make pricing decisions for one side of its platform without considering, and being constrained by, the effects that price will have on the other side of the platform. In setting fees at issue here, the Exchange is constrained by the fact that, if its pricing across the platform is unattractive to customers, customers will have its pick of an increasing number of alternative platforms to use instead of the Exchange. Given this intense competition between platforms, no one exchange’s market data fees can impose an unnecessary burden on competition, and the Exchange’s proposed fees do not do so here. In addition, the Exchange believes that the proposed fees do not impose a burden on competition or on other exchanges that is not necessary or appropriate because of the availability of numerous substitute market data products. Specifically, as described above, NYSE BQT competes head-tohead with the Nasdaq Basic product and the Cboe One Feed. These products each serve as reasonable substitutes for one another as they are each designed to provide investors with a unified view of real-time quotes and last-sale prices in all Tape A, B, and C securities. Each product provides subscribers with consolidated top-of-book quotes and trades from multiple U.S. equities markets. NYSE BQT provides top-ofbook quotes and trades data from five NYSE-affiliated U.S. equities exchanges, while Cboe One Feed similarly provides top-of-book quotes and trades data from Cboe’s four U.S. equities exchanges. NYSE BQT, Nasdaq Basic, and Cboe One Feed are all intended to provide indicative pricing and therefore, are reasonable substitutes for one another. Additionally, market data vendors are also able to offer close substitutes to NYSE BQT. Because market data users can find suitable substitute feeds, an exchange that overprices its market data products stands a high risk that users may substitute another source of market data information for its own. These VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Dec 26, 2019 Jkt 250001 competitive pressures ensure that no one exchange’s market data fees can impose an unnecessary burden on competition, and the Exchange’s proposed fees do not do so here. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change is effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) 77 of the Act and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b–4 78 thereunder, because it establishes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings under Section 19(b)(2)(B) 79 of the Act to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: 71515 subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s internet website (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for website viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2019–70 and should be submitted on or before January 17, 2020. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.80 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–27871 Filed 12–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– NYSE–2019–70 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2019–70. This file number should be included on the 77 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 79 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–87808; File No. SR–CBOE– 2019–125] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change to Amend the Silexx Trading Platform (‘‘Silexx’’ or the ‘‘Platform’’) Fees Schedule December 19, 2019. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the 78 17 PO 00000 Frm 00168 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 80 17 E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 27DEN1 71516 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 248 / Friday, December 27, 2019 / Notices ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on December 18, 2019, Cboe Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘Cboe Options’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Cboe Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘Cboe Options’’) proposes to amend the Silexx trading platform (‘‘Silexx’’ or the ‘‘platform’’) Fees Schedule. The text of the proposed rule change is provided in Exhibit 5. The text of the proposed rule change is also available on the Exchange’s website (http://www.cboe.com/ AboutCBOE/CBOELegal RegulatoryHome.aspx), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of this filing is to amend the Silexx Fees Schedule to adopt a new ‘‘drop copy’’ fee.3 By way of background, the Silexx platform consists of a ‘‘front-end’’ order entry and management trading platform jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b-4. 3 The Exchange initially filed the proposed fee changes on December 2, 2019 (SR–CBOE–2019– 113). On December 12, 2019, the Exchange withdrew that filing and refiled the proposed fee changes (SR–CBOE–2019–121).On December 18, 2019 the Exchange withdrew that filing and submitted this filing (SR–CBOE–2019–125). 2 17 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Dec 26, 2019 Jkt 250001 (also referred to as the ‘‘Silexx terminal’’) for listed stocks and options that supports both simple and complex orders,4 and a ‘‘back-end’’ platform which provides a connection to the infrastructure network. From the Silexx platform (i.e., the collective front-end and back-end platform), a Silexx user has the capability to send option orders to U.S. options exchanges, send stock orders to U.S. stock exchanges (and other trading centers), input parameters to control the size, timing, and other variables of their trades, and also includes access to real-time options and stock market data, as well as access to certain historical data. The Silexx platform is designed so that a user may enter orders into the platform to send to an executing broker (including Trading Permit Holders (‘‘TPHs’’)) of its choice with connectivity to the platform, which broker will then send the orders to Cboe Options (if the broker is a TPH) or other U.S. exchanges (and trading centers) in accordance with the user’s instructions.5 The Silexx front-end and back-end platforms are a software application that are installed locally on a user’s desktop. Silexx grants users licenses to use the platform, and a firm or individual does not need to be a TPH to license the platform. Use of Silexx is completely optional. In an effort to integrate Silexx and the PULSe drop copy network, the Exchange established a method by which a TPH or non-TPH market participant may connect to the Silexx back-end platform through a third-party terminal (i.e., a front-end platform other than a Silexx or PULSe terminal. Such a TPH or non-TPH market participant is hereinafter referred to as a ‘‘Silexx integrated partner’’). Specifically, such a Silexx integrated partner may access the Silexx back-end platform through a third-party front-end which will only provide the Silexx integrated partner with access to the PULSe drop copy network via a Financial Information eXchange (‘‘FIX’’) hub.6 FIX is an 4 The platform also permits users to submit orders for commodity futures, commodity options and other non-security products to be sent to designated contract markets, futures commission merchants, introducing brokers or other applicable destinations of the users’ choice. 5 Silexx does not allow users to send orders directly to the Exchange or other market centers; however, an additional version of the Silexx platform, Silexx FLEX, supports the trading of FLEX Options and allows authorized Users with direct access to the Exchange. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 87028 (September 19, 2019) 84 FR 50529 (September 25, 2019) (SR– CBOE–2019–061). 6 The Exchange notes that a Silexx integrated partner will have no access to Silexx front-end platform functionality. A Silexx integrated partner will only have access to the back-end platform, PO 00000 Frm 00169 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 industry-standard, non-proprietary application program interface (‘‘API’’) that permits market participants to connect to exchanges. FIX languagebased connectivity, upon request, provides customers (both TPHs and non-TPHs) of TPHs that are brokers and PULSe 7 users (‘‘PULSe brokers’’) with the ability to receive ‘‘drop copy’’ order fill messages from their PULSe brokers. These fill messages allow customers to update positions, risk calculations, and streamline back-office functions. As a result of the recent integration between Silexx and the PULSe drop copy network, Silexx front-end users and Silexx integrated partners have access to the PULSe drop copy network. Therefore, both Silexx users and Silexx integrated partners may send notice execution messages to the PULSe drop copy network, who will then forward such messages (i.e., drop copies) on to a PULSe or Silexx-user customer (the ‘‘customer’’) for which it has a connection. The Exchange proposes to adopt a fee applicable to the Silexx integrated partner, given this new functionality, which would allow a customer to receive drop copies via the PULSe drop copy network from a nonPULSe, non-Silexx terminal (i.e., a Silexx integrated partner). Particularly, the Exchange proposes to adopt a fee of $500 per month for each customer connection to which a Silexx integrated partner will submit drop copies from non-PULSe, non-Silexx terminals. At this time, the Exchange proposes no fee to the customer receiving the drop copies from the Silexx integrated partner. To illustrate the manner in which the fee would be assessed, consider the following examples. Example #1 Consider a PULSe or Silexx user (the ‘‘customer’’) sends its order to a Silexx integrated partner that is also a TPH (the ‘‘Silexx integrated TPH’’) for execution via a third-party front-end platform (i.e., a terminal other than Silexx or PULSe). The Silexx integrated TPH then submits the order to the Exchange or another market center through its own thirdparty front-end system. Under the new functionality, for a $500/month fee the Silexx integrated TPH may establish a connection to the Silexx back-end platform which will provide which provides connectivity to the PULSe drop copy network through a FIX hub. 7 The PULSe workstation is a front-end order entry system designed for use with respect to orders that may be sent to the trading systems of the Exchange. TPHs may make PULSe workstations available to their customers, which may include TPHs, non-broker dealer public customers, and non-TPH broker dealers. E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 248 / Friday, December 27, 2019 / Notices connectivity to the PULSe drop copy network and allow the Silexx integrated TPH to send fill messages back to its customer. The connection fee would be assessed to the Silexx integrated TPH on a per customer connection basis.8 Example #2 Consider a PULSe or Silexx user (the ‘‘customer’’) sends its order to a Silexx integrated partner that is a non-TPH (the ‘‘Silexx integrated non-TPH’’) for execution via a third-party front-end platform (i.e., a terminal other than Silexx or PULSe). The Silexx integrated non-TPH then submits the order to another market center (or to the Exchange through a third-party TPH) through its own front-end system. Under the new functionality, for a $500/ month fee the Silexx integrated nonTPH may establish a connection to the Silexx back-end platform which will provide connectivity to the PULSe drop copy network and allow the Silexx integrated non-TPH to send fill messages back to its customer. The connection fee would be assessed to the Silexx integrated non-TPH on a per customer connection basis.9 2. Statutory Basis jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to the Exchange and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.10 Specifically, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,11 which requires that Exchange rules provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its Trading Permit Holders and other persons using its facilities and does not unfairly discriminate between customers, issuers, brokers or dealers. 8 The Exchange notes that the Silexx integrated TPH must establish a connection for each applicable customer to receive drop copies via the PULSe drop copy network. Thus, the fee is applied on a per customer or per connection basis. For example, if a Silexx integrated TPH has two customers that receive drop copies via the PULSe drop copy network, the Silexx integrated TPH would be assessed a monthly fee of $1,000 ($500 x 2). 9 The Exchange notes that the Silexx integrated non-TPH must establish a connection for each applicable customer to receive drop copies via the PULSe drop copy network. Thus, the fee is applied on a per customer or per connection basis. For example, if a Silexx integrated non-TPH has two customers that receive drop copies via the PULSe drop copy network, the Silexx integrated non-TPH would be assessed a monthly fee of $1,000 ($500 x 2). 10 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 11 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Dec 26, 2019 Jkt 250001 The Exchange believes that the proposed fee is reasonable as it is similar to other established PULSe fees related to drop-copy functionality.12 For example, the PULSe Fees Schedule provides for a drop copy fee of $425 per month payable by the TPH customer receiving the drop copies. Specifically, for each PULSe-using TPH broker that provides a TPH customer drop copies, such receiving TPH customer incurs a fee of $425 per month. Similarly, the PULSe Fees schedule provides for a drop copy fee of $0.02/contract (capped at $400 per month) payable by the TPH sending the drop copies to its non-TPH customers. Specifically, for each nonTPH PULSe-using customer for which a TPH broker provides drop copies, the TPH broker incurs a fee of $0.02/ contract (capped at $400 per month). The proposed fee is slightly higher than the comparable PULSe fees because Silexx Integrated Partners are paying no additional fees, such as a PULSe or Silexx terminal fee. Additionally, the proposed fee would support the introduction of a new drop copy functionality that provides an alternative means for customers to receive their fill messages. Particularly, the new drop copy functionality provides a Silexx integrated partner with the ability to leverage the existing infrastructure of the PULSe drop copy network, which provides customers with the ability to receive valuable information about transactions executed across the market place. By utilizing the existing infrastructure, customers already connected to the PULSe drop copy network may experience cost savings by eliminating the need to connect to another platform to receive drop copies. Further, customers will not be charged an additional fee to receive such drop copies via the PULSe drop copy network. Additionally, Silexx integrated partners may experience lower fees than those of competitor providers charging for drop copies. As noted above, the drop copy fill messages allow customers to update positions, risk calculations, and streamline backoffice functions. The Exchange notes that the decision as to whether or not to utilize the PULSe drop copy network is entirely optional for all users. The Exchange believes that assessing the proposed fee to Silexx integrated partners using non-PULSe, non-Silexx terminals is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory as PULSe and Silexx terminal users already pay monthly fees related to the use of such workstations and access to the PULSe drop copy network. The Exchange believes the fee is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because the monthly fee is assessed uniformly to any market participant who sends drop copies through the PULSe drop copy network from non-PULSe, non-Silexx terminals. Further, the Exchange believes the fee is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because, as discussed above, the fee is similar to fees assessed to PULSe users utilizing the PULSe drop copy network. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition Cboe Options does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on intramarket competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act because the proposed drop copy fee is assessed equally to similarly situated Silexx integrated TPHs or non-TPHs electing to use the drop copy functionality. The Exchange does not believe that the proposed change will cause any unnecessary burden on intermarket competition because the proposed fee relates to the use of an Exchangesupported order entry management system. To the extent that any proposed change makes Silexx a more attractive platform for market participants, such market participants are welcome to become Silexx users or Silexx integrated partners. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 13 and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b–4 14 thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the 13 15 12 See PO 00000 e.g., PULSe Fees Schedule drop copy fees. Frm 00170 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71517 14 17 E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f). 27DEN1 71518 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 248 / Friday, December 27, 2019 / Notices Commission takes such action, the Commission will institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Electronic Comments: • Use the Commission’s internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– CBOE–2019–125 on the subject line. Paper Comments: • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE–2019–125. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s internet website (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for website viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE–2019–125 and should be submitted on or before January 17, 2020. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Dec 26, 2019 Jkt 250001 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.15 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–27875 Filed 12–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Proposed Collection; Comment Request Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549–2736 Extension: Form N–17D–1; SEC File No. 270–231, OMB Control No. 3235–0229 Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 350l–3520), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments on the collections of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit these existing collections of information to the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) for extension and approval. Section 17(d) (15 U.S.C. 80a–17(d)) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (‘‘Act’’) authorizes the Commission to adopt rules that protect funds and their security holders from overreaching by affiliated persons when the fund and the affiliated person participate in any joint enterprise or other joint arrangement or profit-sharing plan. Rule 17d–1 under the Act (17 CFR 270.17d–1) prohibits funds and their affiliated persons from participating in a joint enterprise, unless an application regarding the transaction has been filed with and approved by the Commission. Paragraph (d)(3) of the rule provides an exemption from this requirement for any loan or advance of credit to, or acquisition of securities or other property of, a small business concern, or any agreement to do any of the foregoing (‘‘investments’’) made by a small business investment company (‘‘SBIC’’) and an affiliated bank, provided that reports about the investments are made on forms the Commission may prescribe. Rule 17d–2 (17 CFR 270.17d–2) designates Form N– 17D–1 (17 CFR 274.00) (‘‘form’’) as the form for reports required by rule 17d– 1. SBICs and their affiliated banks use form N–17D–1 to report any contemporaneous investments in a 15 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12) Frm 00171 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 small business concern. The form provides shareholders and persons seeking to make an informed decision about investing in an SBIC an opportunity to learn about transactions of the SBIC that have the potential for self-dealing and other forms of overreaching by affiliated persons at the expense of shareholders. Form N–17D–1 requires SBICs and their affiliated banks to report identifying information about the small business concern and the affiliated bank. The report must include, among other things, the SBIC’s and affiliated bank’s outstanding investments in the small business concern, the use of the proceeds of the investments made during the reporting period, any changes in the nature and amount of the affiliated bank’s investment, the name of any affiliated person of the SBIC or the affiliated bank (or any affiliated person of the affiliated person of the SBIC or the affiliated bank) who has any interest in the transactions, the basis of the affiliation, the nature of the interest, and the consideration the affiliated person has received or will receive. There is one SBIC that may file the form annually.1 The Commission estimates the burden of filling out the form is approximately one hour per response and would likely be completed by an accountant or other professional. Based on past filings, the Commission estimates that no more than one SBIC is likely to use the form each year. Most of the information requested on the form should be readily available to the SBIC or the affiliated bank in records kept in the ordinary course of business, or with respect to the SBIC, pursuant to the recordkeeping requirements under the Act. Commission staff estimates that it should take approximately one hour for an accountant or other professional to complete the form.2 The estimated total annual burden of filling out the form is 1 hour, at an estimated total annual cost of $216.3 The Commission will not keep responses on Form N–17D–1 confidential. The estimate of average burden hours is made solely for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, and is not 1 As of October 22, 2019, one SBIC was registered with the Commission. 2 This estimate of hours is based on past conversations with representatives of SBICs and accountants that have filed the form. 3 The estimated wage figure is based on published rates for Senior Accountants ($216). The $216/hour figure for a Senior Account is from Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s Management & Professional Earnings in the Securities Industry 2013, modified by Commission staff to account for an 1800-hour work-year and multiplied by 5.35 to account for bonuses, firm size, employee benefits and overhead. E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-87808; File No. SR-CBOE-2019-125]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe Exchange, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change to Amend 
the Silexx Trading Platform (``Silexx'' or the ``Platform'') Fees 
Schedule

December 19, 2019.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(the

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``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given that 
on December 18, 2019, Cboe Exchange, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or ``Cboe 
Options'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 
``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, 
and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The 
Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 
proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    Cboe Exchange, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or ``Cboe Options'') proposes 
to amend the Silexx trading platform (``Silexx'' or the ``platform'') 
Fees Schedule. The text of the proposed rule change is provided in 
Exhibit 5.
    The text of the proposed rule change is also available on the 
Exchange's website (http://www.cboe.com/AboutCBOE/CBOELegalRegulatoryHome.aspx), at the Exchange's Office of the 
Secretary, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in 
sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such 
statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    The purpose of this filing is to amend the Silexx Fees Schedule to 
adopt a new ``drop copy'' fee.\3\
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    \3\ The Exchange initially filed the proposed fee changes on 
December 2, 2019 (SR-CBOE-2019-113). On December 12, 2019, the 
Exchange withdrew that filing and refiled the proposed fee changes 
(SR-CBOE-2019-121).On December 18, 2019 the Exchange withdrew that 
filing and submitted this filing (SR-CBOE-2019-125).
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    By way of background, the Silexx platform consists of a ``front-
end'' order entry and management trading platform (also referred to as 
the ``Silexx terminal'') for listed stocks and options that supports 
both simple and complex orders,\4\ and a ``back-end'' platform which 
provides a connection to the infrastructure network. From the Silexx 
platform (i.e., the collective front-end and back-end platform), a 
Silexx user has the capability to send option orders to U.S. options 
exchanges, send stock orders to U.S. stock exchanges (and other trading 
centers), input parameters to control the size, timing, and other 
variables of their trades, and also includes access to real-time 
options and stock market data, as well as access to certain historical 
data. The Silexx platform is designed so that a user may enter orders 
into the platform to send to an executing broker (including Trading 
Permit Holders (``TPHs'')) of its choice with connectivity to the 
platform, which broker will then send the orders to Cboe Options (if 
the broker is a TPH) or other U.S. exchanges (and trading centers) in 
accordance with the user's instructions.\5\ The Silexx front-end and 
back-end platforms are a software application that are installed 
locally on a user's desktop. Silexx grants users licenses to use the 
platform, and a firm or individual does not need to be a TPH to license 
the platform. Use of Silexx is completely optional.
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    \4\ The platform also permits users to submit orders for 
commodity futures, commodity options and other non-security products 
to be sent to designated contract markets, futures commission 
merchants, introducing brokers or other applicable destinations of 
the users' choice.
    \5\ Silexx does not allow users to send orders directly to the 
Exchange or other market centers; however, an additional version of 
the Silexx platform, Silexx FLEX, supports the trading of FLEX 
Options and allows authorized Users with direct access to the 
Exchange. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 87028 (September 
19, 2019) 84 FR 50529 (September 25, 2019) (SR-CBOE-2019-061).
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    In an effort to integrate Silexx and the PULSe drop copy network, 
the Exchange established a method by which a TPH or non-TPH market 
participant may connect to the Silexx back-end platform through a 
third-party terminal (i.e., a front-end platform other than a Silexx or 
PULSe terminal. Such a TPH or non-TPH market participant is hereinafter 
referred to as a ``Silexx integrated partner''). Specifically, such a 
Silexx integrated partner may access the Silexx back-end platform 
through a third-party front-end which will only provide the Silexx 
integrated partner with access to the PULSe drop copy network via a 
Financial Information eXchange (``FIX'') hub.\6\ FIX is an industry-
standard, non-proprietary application program interface (``API'') that 
permits market participants to connect to exchanges. FIX language-based 
connectivity, upon request, provides customers (both TPHs and non-TPHs) 
of TPHs that are brokers and PULSe \7\ users (``PULSe brokers'') with 
the ability to receive ``drop copy'' order fill messages from their 
PULSe brokers. These fill messages allow customers to update positions, 
risk calculations, and streamline back-office functions.
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    \6\ The Exchange notes that a Silexx integrated partner will 
have no access to Silexx front-end platform functionality. A Silexx 
integrated partner will only have access to the back-end platform, 
which provides connectivity to the PULSe drop copy network through a 
FIX hub.
    \7\ The PULSe workstation is a front-end order entry system 
designed for use with respect to orders that may be sent to the 
trading systems of the Exchange. TPHs may make PULSe workstations 
available to their customers, which may include TPHs, non-broker 
dealer public customers, and non-TPH broker dealers.
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    As a result of the recent integration between Silexx and the PULSe 
drop copy network, Silexx front-end users and Silexx integrated 
partners have access to the PULSe drop copy network. Therefore, both 
Silexx users and Silexx integrated partners may send notice execution 
messages to the PULSe drop copy network, who will then forward such 
messages (i.e., drop copies) on to a PULSe or Silexx-user customer (the 
``customer'') for which it has a connection. The Exchange proposes to 
adopt a fee applicable to the Silexx integrated partner, given this new 
functionality, which would allow a customer to receive drop copies via 
the PULSe drop copy network from a non-PULSe, non-Silexx terminal 
(i.e., a Silexx integrated partner). Particularly, the Exchange 
proposes to adopt a fee of $500 per month for each customer connection 
to which a Silexx integrated partner will submit drop copies from non-
PULSe, non-Silexx terminals. At this time, the Exchange proposes no fee 
to the customer receiving the drop copies from the Silexx integrated 
partner. To illustrate the manner in which the fee would be assessed, 
consider the following examples.
Example #1
    Consider a PULSe or Silexx user (the ``customer'') sends its order 
to a Silexx integrated partner that is also a TPH (the ``Silexx 
integrated TPH'') for execution via a third-party front-end platform 
(i.e., a terminal other than Silexx or PULSe). The Silexx integrated 
TPH then submits the order to the Exchange or another market center 
through its own third-party front-end system. Under the new 
functionality, for a $500/month fee the Silexx integrated TPH may 
establish a connection to the Silexx back-end platform which will 
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connectivity to the PULSe drop copy network and allow the Silexx 
integrated TPH to send fill messages back to its customer. The 
connection fee would be assessed to the Silexx integrated TPH on a per 
customer connection basis.\8\
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    \8\ The Exchange notes that the Silexx integrated TPH must 
establish a connection for each applicable customer to receive drop 
copies via the PULSe drop copy network. Thus, the fee is applied on 
a per customer or per connection basis. For example, if a Silexx 
integrated TPH has two customers that receive drop copies via the 
PULSe drop copy network, the Silexx integrated TPH would be assessed 
a monthly fee of $1,000 ($500 x 2).
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Example #2
    Consider a PULSe or Silexx user (the ``customer'') sends its order 
to a Silexx integrated partner that is a non-TPH (the ``Silexx 
integrated non-TPH'') for execution via a third-party front-end 
platform (i.e., a terminal other than Silexx or PULSe). The Silexx 
integrated non-TPH then submits the order to another market center (or 
to the Exchange through a third-party TPH) through its own front-end 
system. Under the new functionality, for a $500/month fee the Silexx 
integrated non-TPH may establish a connection to the Silexx back-end 
platform which will provide connectivity to the PULSe drop copy network 
and allow the Silexx integrated non-TPH to send fill messages back to 
its customer. The connection fee would be assessed to the Silexx 
integrated non-TPH on a per customer connection basis.\9\
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    \9\ The Exchange notes that the Silexx integrated non-TPH must 
establish a connection for each applicable customer to receive drop 
copies via the PULSe drop copy network. Thus, the fee is applied on 
a per customer or per connection basis. For example, if a Silexx 
integrated non-TPH has two customers that receive drop copies via 
the PULSe drop copy network, the Silexx integrated non-TPH would be 
assessed a monthly fee of $1,000 ($500 x 2).
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with 
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Act'') and the rules and 
regulations thereunder applicable to the Exchange and, in particular, 
the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.\10\ Specifically, the 
Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 
6(b)(4) of the Act,\11\ which requires that Exchange rules provide for 
the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges 
among its Trading Permit Holders and other persons using its facilities 
and does not unfairly discriminate between customers, issuers, brokers 
or dealers.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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    The Exchange believes that the proposed fee is reasonable as it is 
similar to other established PULSe fees related to drop-copy 
functionality.\12\ For example, the PULSe Fees Schedule provides for a 
drop copy fee of $425 per month payable by the TPH customer receiving 
the drop copies. Specifically, for each PULSe-using TPH broker that 
provides a TPH customer drop copies, such receiving TPH customer incurs 
a fee of $425 per month. Similarly, the PULSe Fees schedule provides 
for a drop copy fee of $0.02/contract (capped at $400 per month) 
payable by the TPH sending the drop copies to its non-TPH customers. 
Specifically, for each non-TPH PULSe-using customer for which a TPH 
broker provides drop copies, the TPH broker incurs a fee of $0.02/
contract (capped at $400 per month). The proposed fee is slightly 
higher than the comparable PULSe fees because Silexx Integrated 
Partners are paying no additional fees, such as a PULSe or Silexx 
terminal fee.
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    Additionally, the proposed fee would support the introduction of a 
new drop copy functionality that provides an alternative means for 
customers to receive their fill messages. Particularly, the new drop 
copy functionality provides a Silexx integrated partner with the 
ability to leverage the existing infrastructure of the PULSe drop copy 
network, which provides customers with the ability to receive valuable 
information about transactions executed across the market place. By 
utilizing the existing infrastructure, customers already connected to 
the PULSe drop copy network may experience cost savings by eliminating 
the need to connect to another platform to receive drop copies. 
Further, customers will not be charged an additional fee to receive 
such drop copies via the PULSe drop copy network. Additionally, Silexx 
integrated partners may experience lower fees than those of competitor 
providers charging for drop copies. As noted above, the drop copy fill 
messages allow customers to update positions, risk calculations, and 
streamline back-office functions. The Exchange notes that the decision 
as to whether or not to utilize the PULSe drop copy network is entirely 
optional for all users.
    The Exchange believes that assessing the proposed fee to Silexx 
integrated partners using non-PULSe, non-Silexx terminals is equitable 
and not unfairly discriminatory as PULSe and Silexx terminal users 
already pay monthly fees related to the use of such workstations and 
access to the PULSe drop copy network. The Exchange believes the fee is 
equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because the monthly fee is 
assessed uniformly to any market participant who sends drop copies 
through the PULSe drop copy network from non-PULSe, non-Silexx 
terminals. Further, the Exchange believes the fee is equitable and not 
unfairly discriminatory because, as discussed above, the fee is similar 
to fees assessed to PULSe users utilizing the PULSe drop copy network.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    Cboe Options does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange does not 
believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on 
intramarket competition that is not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act because the proposed drop copy 
fee is assessed equally to similarly situated Silexx integrated TPHs or 
non-TPHs electing to use the drop copy functionality.
    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed change will cause 
any unnecessary burden on intermarket competition because the proposed 
fee relates to the use of an Exchange-supported order entry management 
system. To the extent that any proposed change makes Silexx a more 
attractive platform for market participants, such market participants 
are welcome to become Silexx users or Silexx integrated partners.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

    The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the 
proposed rule change.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for 
Commission Action

    The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \13\ and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b-4 \14\ 
thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed 
rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or 
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Commission takes such action, the Commission will institute proceedings 
to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or 
disapproved.
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    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \14\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f).
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IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments:

     Use the Commission's internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to [email protected]. Please include 
File Number SR-CBOE-2019-125 on the subject line.

Paper Comments:

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities 
and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2019-125. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help 
the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's internet website (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). 
Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written 
statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with 
the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed 
rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those 
that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions 
of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for website viewing and printing in 
the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 
20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 
3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection 
and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments 
received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are 
cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying 
information from comment submissions. You should submit only 
information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions 
should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2019-125 and should be submitted on 
or before January 17, 2020.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\15\
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    \15\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12)
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J. Matthew DeLesDernier,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-27875 Filed 12-26-19; 8:45 am]
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